MARSHALL, Tex. - The no. 19 LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots basketball team did not exactly light up the scoreboard on Monday night in Ornelas Gym but it was enough for them to ease past the East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers 66-47.
LSUS (4-1) grew their lead to as much as 25 points late in the contest placing three of its scorers in double figures with Jenna Diakos and Sharde Henry leading all scorers with 18 points apiece. Henry also pulled down 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season after nearly missing the feat a couple of times already. Her 18-point performance notches her fifth straight game in double figures, one less than her season high when she scored 19 in the season opener. Long-ball shooter Christy Willis added a dozen points of her own on a night when the Lady Pilots shot just 38-percent from the field.
Diakos reaches double figures for the fourth consecutive game after failing to put double-digit points on the board in the season opener a few weeks ago as Willis knocks down double figures for the fourth time this season as well.
ETBU (2-1) could not get in a groove against the LSUS defense as they sent 15 players in throughout the game and failed to manage a single scorer in double figures with Paigen Gilford tossing in nine points off the bench as she made two of the three three-pointers made by the Lady Tigers in the first half and starter Jaimi Kadlecek had eight points.
The Lady Pilots trimmed their turnovers down, to 16 tonight, from the previous four games when they averaged 19. With both teams shooting less than 36-percent in the first half the Lady Pilots managed an eight-point lead at the break 30-22 and pulled away to as much as 25 points late in the second half as the shot started to fall with the visitors hitting 40-percent from floor in the second half.
LSUS struggled from downtown making only 19-percent (4-21) while the home team made 10-percent (3-29). The Lady Pilots controlled the boards cleaning the glass 59 times and only surrendered 39 boards to ETBU. LSUS had at least one rebound from each of the 10 players that played tonight.
For the next contest the Lady Pilots will test the waters in the Red River Athletic Conference and set sail for a meeting with Texas College on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Tyler, Texas. LSUS was picked by the RRAC coaches to finish second this year in the RRAC Coaches' Preseaon Poll.
Milum, Reid lead Pilots past ETBU
MARSHALL, Tex. - The LSU Shreveport Pilots men's basketball team starting five accounted for all of the Pilots 97 points helping them to ease past the East Texas Baptist University Tigers on Monday night 97-83 in the Ornelas Gym. Rodney Milum led all scorers with 35 points.
In addition to Milum, three other starters reached double figures with Isaac Reid and Rydell Harris each turned in a double-double as Reid sank 28 points and pulled down 13 boards while Harris netted 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds helping the Pilots to out rebound the Tigers 41-35.
Tonight was Reid's first double-double as a Pilot while Harris has accomplished it in all four of the Pilots' games so far this season. Milum, the NAIA's leading scorer coming into tonight's game at 30.3 ppg, nailed a total of eight three's in the game, five in the first half, leading the Pilots to an impressive 55-percent shooting on the night from the field. He will likely hold on to the top-scorer's crown as tonight's 35 points boosts him to 31.5 ppg in the Pilot's first four games of the season.
The Pilots (3-1) had a 13-point halftime lead and built on it in the second half shooting 53-percent.
ETBU (2-2) had a tough time getting off any good shots at the bucket as the Pilots' defense held the Tigers to just 39-percent from the field. The Tigers made just three of 12 from downtown in the second half helping the Pilots maintain the lead.
The home squad put four shooters in double digits themselves with Junior Mitchell leading the Tigers with 17 points while Jaron Joseph had 15, Kerry McClahan 13 and Chris Collins with 11.
The next game for the Pilots will be on Thursday as they meet Texas College in Tyler, Texas, as both schools open Red River Athletic Conference play.